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Ladies Tour of Qatar 2015 Stage 3



photo credit @ Ladies Tour of Qatar

excerpts from Ladies Tour of Qatar 

After the intense battle of the previous day in the north of Qatar, stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar was just as exciting. The battle between the favourites started after 50 kilometers of racing and eventually around thirty riders remained together for the final sprint in Al  Khor. Fastest on the corniche was Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead. Winner of last year’s UCI World Cup and Commonwealth Gold medallist, the Boels Dolmans rider not only claims her first ever success in Qatar, she also conquers the overall leader’s Golden Jersey.

For the first time in its 7-year history, the Ladies Tour of Qatar took off from the Souq Waqif in central Doha for stage 3 of the event. A picturesque start for the 85 remaining riders who took off just after 2 o’clock for a 93.5-km rider heading north. It would be a tough day for the ladies, having to fight against the head wind for most of the day.

As soon as the first kilometer, Alison Tetrik (OPW) was the first to try her luck. The American enjoyed a slim 45” advantage at km 5 but there wasn’t much she could do alone against the wind and the chasing pack. She was to be caught 6 kilometres later. At km 26, China’s Ya Nan Liu (GPC) was the next to give it a go. A vain solo effort that only lasted a little over 4 kilometres. 

Time had come for the first intermediate sprint of the day at km 44.5. While the pack was shaken by a crash, Chloe Hosking (WHT) proved to be the fastest to the line, beating Armitstead (DLT) and D’Hoore (WHT). Just after the sprint, 34 riders pulled away but things calmed down before the second sprint as the pack bunched up again. Again, Hosking flew to the line,  clinching an extra 3 bonus seconds as she beat Bronzini (WHT) and Johansson (GWT). At that moment of the stage, Hosking had virtually moved up to second spot overall, just a second behind Golden Jersey Ellen Van Dijk (DLT).

As the pack turned right and started heading south towards Al Khor, the main favourites powered away. Fourteen ladies gathered together at the front including seven of the top ten riders in the GC. In the closing moments of the stage, despite the attempts of several riders, around thirty girls bunched up again with just under three kilometres to go. Victory was to be decided in a royal bunched sprint. 

Well helped out by her Boels Dolmans team mates, Lizzie Armitstead went on to capture her very first victory on Qatari soil. The Brit who had finished second of the stage finishing in Al Khor last year (behind Wild) beat USA’s Shelley Olds (BCT) and Lucinda Brand (RBW) to the line. Silver medallist at the London Olympics and Gold medallist last year at the Commonwealth Games, Armitstead now conquers the overall leader’s Golden Jersey. With one stage to go in the event, the Brit can enjoy an 8” lead over her team mate Ellen Van Dijk and 9” over Chloe Hosking. As well as the GC, Armitstead also leads the points classification (Silver Jersey) while Beatrice Bartelloni (ALE) remains the best young rider (Pearl White Jersey).

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Top 20 Finishers 

RANK RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP

2.
NEDVAN DIJK Eleonora
36
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM
07h 35′ 32”
+ 00′ 08”
3.
AUSHOSKING Chloe
11
WIGGLE HONDA
07h 35′ 33”
+ 00′ 09”
4.
GERWORRACK Trixi
46
VELOCIO – SRAM
07h 35′ 39”
+ 00′ 15”
5.
SWEJOHANSSON Emma
21
ORICA – AIS
07h 35′ 41”
+ 00′ 17”
6.
BELD’HOORE Jolien
14
WIGGLE HONDA
07h 37′ 38”
+ 02′ 14”
7.
AUSCROMWELL Tiffany
43
VELOCIO – SRAM
07h 37′ 39”
+ 02′ 15”
8.
FRAJEULAND Pascale
101
FRANCE
07h 37′ 39”
+ 02′ 15”
9.
NEDPIETERS Amy
1
TEAM LIV – PLANTUR
07h 37′ 39”
+ 02′ 15”
10.
AUSELVIN Gracie
22
ORICA – AIS
07h 37′ 47”
+ 02′ 23”
11.
ITASCANDOLARA Valentina
24
ORICA – AIS
07h 37′ 47”
+ 02′ 23”
12.
ITABARTELLONI Béatrice
82
ALE CIPOLLINI
07h 37′ 58”
+ 02′ 34”
13.
NEDBRAND Lucinda
51
RABO LIV WOMEN CYCLING TEAM
07h 38′ 01”
+ 02′ 37”
14.
NEDGUNNEWIJK Loes
23
ORICA – AIS
07h 38′ 01”
+ 02′ 37”
15.
ITATAGLIAFERRO Marta
81
ALE CIPOLLINI
07h 39′ 49”
+ 04′ 25”
16.
ITALONGO BORGHINI Elisa
16
WIGGLE HONDA
07h 42′ 48”
+ 07′ 24”
17.
USAOLDS Shelley
71
BIGLA CYCLING TEAM
07h 46′ 40”
+ 11′ 16”
18.
ITABRONZINI Giorgia
12
WIGGLE HONDA
07h 46′ 43”
+ 11′ 19”
19.
BELDRUYTS Kelly
131
TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-PRO-DUO
07h 46′ 51”
+ 11′ 27”
20.
GERKASPER Romy
34
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM
07h 46′ 51”
+ 11′ 27′

 


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